Woman found guilty of $220,000 fraud

A JURY found Shannon Peta Parry guilty of defrauding her ex-employer of more than $220,000 on the last day of a six-day trial in Rockhampton District Court yesterday.

The court heard Parry used $221,222.20 of Gracemere business Zebra Wrecking Co Pty Ltd under Bowes Investments Pty Ltd's money to pay her personal bills and top up her personal bank accounts through 151 transactions during her time at the business between November 2010 and December 2011.

The Crown told the court Parry was in a difficult financial situation and records showed transfers from the business accounts went into her personal accounts when her funds were close to zero.

Parry also made transactions from the business accounts to pay her private beauty business, credit card and personal bills.

Crown prosecutor Dean Jones said Parry made transactions of up to $38,435 in one month alone on top of her wage which increased from $85,000 to $110,000 during her time at the business.

The Crown submitted Parry "acted in a dishonest way, motivated by greed".

"No one in their right mind would pay the amount of money paid to the defendant when the business was indeed running at a loss," the Crown submitted.

"The defendant was a manipulator."

Parry was a business manager at the company and had control over the finances during the time and made a sudden resignation in December 2011, "at the height of her offending".

She gave evidence throughout the trial and said the business owner told her "he would look after her" and the transactions were "off-the-book bonuses".

The jury found Parry guilty of one count each of fraud as an employee of a value more than $30,000 and stealing as a servant.

Parry was remanded in custody until the sentencing date on November 26.



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